Eagles Not In On Revis, Smith Or Goldson

The Eagles have been linked to several big-name defensive backs in recent days. Here’s the latest on where things stand with each:

Darrelle Revis – The Eagles are not in the mix to acquire the Jets’ cornerback, according to a league source. Reports surfaced earlier today that the Birds were among the teams looking to deal for Revis, but that’s not the case. He will not be coming to Philadelphia.

Sean Smith – He’s considered the top cornerback option on the free-agent market, but we’re hearing that the Eagles are not players for Smith. He is young and has size, but has not been consistently productive.

Dashon Goldson – This one is most likely to upset Eagles fans, but we’re also hearing that the team will not be signing Goldson. Considered the top safety on the market, the two-time Pro Bowler will likely land a nice paycheck, but it won’t be with the Birds.

So, where does that leave the Eagles? They released Nnamdi Asomugha earlier in the day. The team had to wait until the start of the new league year to absorb the $4 million cap hit. The Eagles had previously pushed money from the 2012 league year over to 2013, explaining the delay. The move became official at 4 p.m. today.

The Eagles still need to overhaul the secondary, but it’s expected that they’ll pursue mid-level options, rather than the names listed above.

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this report.

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  • laeagle

    Considering I don’t feel bad about losing any of them, and would in fact be bummed if we did get one (Revis would have cost too much), I can’t say I’m upset.

    • Graham

      Agreed…. rebuilding the secondary shouldn’t start by over paying a guy 8-10M a year… I have faith Eagles will pick up some of the lesser known but still very good CBs that have hit the market. the CB market is VERY DEEP, should turn out ok.

      • D3Keith

        Agree with both of you, and not only that, I’m expecting Chip Kelly to foster a level of competition this year, and guys on giant contracts tend to have a leg up. I’m not saying the Eagles shouldn’t acquire some talent with that $40+ million, but if Curtis Marsh, Brandon Boykin and our second-round pick are the best corners, let’s roll with them.

        That said, I think the Eagles have enough to spend that if they do this prudently, they can come out of FA with a potential starter at each of the five open defensive spots, and just draft awesomeness, not at any particular position.

  • They said stuff like this when the Eagles were reportedly out of the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes so until they have signed with a team or a trade has happened, everything is open.

  • jabostick

    I’m OK with all of those things.

  • Graham

    On a side note. Many NTs have hit the market

    • Wilbert M.

      Birds should sign Sione Pouha from the Jets. He’s a good NT and would come cheap. He’s 34, but can fill the spot in case Dixon can’t play nose and while young guys develop.

  • Bdawk20

    I would be ok with Laron Landry.

    • Wilbert M.

      I’d be ok with Landry and Yeremiah Bell.

    • D3Keith

      The guy can play — in the box — but he’s more trouble than he’s worth, with the antics and injuries. The deal the Jets got him on last year would be nice, but I wouldn’t pay what he’s going to demand this offseason. One of the most boom or bust guys imaginable.

  • Tom W

    Not particularly sad one bit. Revis is overpriced and coming off an ACL injury. Smith is “inconsistent” at best. And while Goldson is good, he isn’t an elite talent like J. Byrd at safety and there are a lot of good options available that wont cost as much. If you wait a day, the market will get very pro-team and players will be jumping to take less money after they see the market for a certain position drying up. Same thing happened last year for the 49ers.

  • FMWarner

    I’m fine with all that. I still would like to see the Eagles pursue Greg Toler at CB and maybe Louis Delmas at S if he checks out medically.

  • nicksaenz1

    I’m fine not landing any of these guys, but I would have liked them to try to drive up their prices for other teams.

  • WM

    I am fine with this as well. The Eagles don’t need to build a team via Free Agency, but pick up a few players that command respect and can bring in some winning culture to a young team and then build the team through the draft. While he is in the twilight of his career, I would love to see an Ed Reed or James Harrison type of player come in. Be a team leaders on Defense – then mix it in with some good young players to fill the gaps.

  • Engwrite

    A couple hours ago I watched a bit of ESPN. Polin, former Colts GM, has rankings of FAs, divided into three tiers: he doesn’t have either Smith or Goldson as tier 1 FAs

  • DumpInDa Pant

    Not the least bit disappointed by any of these, but if there is one thing Eagles fans should know it’s that until another team signs one of these guys i wouldn’t count the Eagles out.

  • PhEaglesPhan

    Damn!!!! I think Goldson would have been an immediate impact on our backfield, this is indeed a shame. Hope we are still looking at Cook as a viable option.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    No sense in breaking the bank this year. Lots of holes to fill but it will take time and one or two high-priced guys aren’t going to be enough to help. Though it turned out to be a disaster, coming off of a season like 2010 is actually the right time to add a couple of big tickets, but not after a 4-12 year while trying to establish a new culture.

  • I’m fine with this. DRC might even become a discount option.